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Chicago IL 60606
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Education
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1990
  • B.A., Calvin College, 1987 (history)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuits
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Sally J. Scott

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Throughout her legal career, Sally has concentrated exclusively on representing management in both the private and public sectors in all aspects of labor and employment law.  She has counseled clients and litigated matters relating to discrimination and civil rights claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and the enforcement of non-compete agreements.  Her labor experience includes collective bargaining, arbitrations, union organizing campaigns and defending unfair labor practice claims.  Sally has served as lead negotiator on collective bargaining agreements for Illinois school districts and for several private sector businesses, including a multi-employer bargaining association.  She also has extensive experience with the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA).  She counsels employers on compliance with OSHA regulations, guiding employers through OSHA inspections, and contesting and successfully litigating OSHA citations.

Before joining the firm in February 1994, Sally practiced at the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw Fairweather & Geraldson (1990–1994).

Sally has been recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers since 2005.  In 2011, she was also recognized in Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s annual Chicago Women in Law: Women Making An Impact, which features the achievements and accomplishments of a select number of women attorneys who are making a significant impact on the Chicago legal community.

She is currently a member of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, the National Council of School Attorneys, and the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association.  Sally has been identified by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) as a “national educational resource” on union-related issues.  She was the editor of the firm's newsletter, Human Resources Law & Practice Forum, its client e-mail bulletins, and the publication Employment Discrimination: An Employer’s Guide.

Sally is a frequent speaker on a variety of labor and employment topics.  She has been interviewed and quoted by the media on a range of topics including an interview in 2009 by CBS Channel 2/Chicago on how to conduct layoffs to minimize workplace violence, and by American Medical News on ways employers can best handle medical practice layoffs.

Representative Experience  click to view

  • Successfully argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of Chicago Public Schools in a historically important decision which held that tenured teachers in the CPS system do not have a substantive right or any procedural rights to a recall resulting from an economic layoff
  • Served as lead negotiator on collective bargaining agreements for teacher contracts on behalf of various school districts across the State of Illinois which have included longer work days and step-only wage increases
  • Resolved 20 plaintiff sexual harassment lawsuit successfully on behalf of large retail employer
  • Successfully assisted urban school district terminate its consent decree
  • Advises both public and private sector employers on reductions in force matters, developing strategy for both internal and external communication
  • Effectively resolved religious accommodation cases against a large retail employer addressing whether employees could refuse to sell products that conflicted with their religious beliefs

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